Jan 14, 2013 7:00pm EST
self-defense. we need to look at whether these measures are actually going to have an impact or not and a lot of them are just political and are not going to keep our children safer. >> robert costa, we heard from senator joe manchin over the weekend and others. they want a broad base. they said you're not going to get a semiautomatic ban unless you have bettered attention to mental illness and obama today said that the gun lobby people were ginning up fear among americans who otherwise want reform. where is this thing going to play out? >> larry, i just walked over here in the u.s. capitol. the house is now back in session. i spoke with some lawmakers. especially among republican legislator, there's not a clamor to move towards an assault weapon ban, but there's a real discussion about background checks, about limiting the amount of bullets that could be in a magazine. and these are only preliminary discussions. so what president obama did today by talking about an executive order, he is trying to urge this process along, but it's a long way away from being a legislative reality. >
Jan 15, 2013 7:00pm EST
and who knows where he is going to stand should he become defense secretary. how can you trust this guy haegle? >> you cannot. he represents the obama administration's foreign policy. he is handing off the cut backs to a former member of the military. i do not expect him to be part of the foreign policy. it will be closely held as it was in the first administration. he is a big defense cutter. maybe that is ironic he is a dedicated vietnam vet. it is going to slash the defense department more. >> the question is whether you are going to trim the budget with an axe of scalpel. chuck haeg eext lel can't get i. it takes decades. >> he was opposed to it. >> that may be one reason why he stepped down. i'm told that there is no sorrow. this is frying pan an fire. i know that chuck haegel a month into this process is likely to be the secretary of defense and the defense department is adjusting accordingly. what did all of this say of chuck schumer. he is such a prominent sjewish leader? how can he flip-flop like this? >> the senators are to judge chuck haegel on his record. it throws the w
Jan 18, 2013 7:00pm EST
a couple months, when that sequester fight comes up and defense cuts in a couple months, house republicans will push for the spending cuts but they don't want to lose the pr bat toll a president who's very adept at pointing his finger at republicans and saying they want to cause default. >> okay. i think they're losing the pr battle anyway. >> perhaps they are. >> i mean, i don't know. i know obama's very fassel, but i also know democrats will never cut spending in my lifetime. robert costa, welcome back from the wilds of williamsburg. now, i want to turn to my panel and say i don't really think the gop got the job done in williamsburg. that's just my view. here's cnbc contributor keith boykin. he's a former clinton white house aide. we have mark simone, w.o.r. radio talk show host, and matt welch, reason magazine editor in chief. mark simone, do you think the republicans are burning up the track here? what is their message? >> they have no message. now, let me correct one thing you said. the democrats will never cut spending. wait till hagel gets in place there at the defense
Jan 16, 2013 7:00pm EST
used in self-defense and those statistics actually can be quite compelling. >> lars, i just want to say to you. we may disagree on this we may not. as crazy as it may be, to me so much of this is about individual behavior. and they've taken the faith and they've taken the prayers out of our school system for many, many years. so much of this, lars, is about the impact on the kids of family breakup and no one wants to talk about family breakup. ben, i think -- >> can we talk about health care? >> you know family breakup, you month the faith, you know all this stuff play as role in this. you know this. >> that's where we need school counselors. we should have one counselor for every 250 kids. in this country it's now one in 500. part of what we saw in this it will make it easier for schools to get those counselors, easier for schools to get psychologists. what we know those types of be folks help us create the sort of bonded close knit school community that makes it possible. >> baloney. come on. larry, this is crazy. larry, do you think a cool counselor would have changed adam lanza?